Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister [Gregory Maguire] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. Review. Gregory Maguire’s chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, . The inspired concept of Maguire’s praised debut, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, was not a fluke. Here he presents an equally.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.
But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.
Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined uugly become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household — and the treacherous truth of her former life.
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Adeline I liked this book much more than wicked. I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid …more I liked this book much more than wicked.
I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid utly. I would definitely recommend you read it! I read it for school and had no idea who the author was at first, until I read the author bio on the back.
I judged it based on my own impressions. Did the book ever give details about hoe Henrietta was “murdered” other than vaguely mentioning poisoning?
Eric This rgegory contains spoilers… view spoiler [ yes. See all 4 questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister…. Lists with This Book. When we grow up, we realize it is far more common for men to turn into rats. He combines lively characters with literary writing. Unlike Maguire’s other, wildly successful novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the Westthis retelling leaves behind magic, instead relying on a genuine historical period and uncanny characters to imbue the novel with an unworldly tone.
Although there is no magic in the story, it manages to feel magical for the reader. Maguire is not a newcomer to telling stories that deconstruct old narratives, and in my opinion this attempt was more successful then Wicked for several reasons. One of my major criticisms of Wicked was the inconsistencies and uvly plot arcs. This was so problematic that they changed the ending of the stage production magguire improve the narratives cohesiveness. He has a much more basic plot to work with here.
The kgly of a tighter narrative result in a much more satisfying novel. He is able to focus attention on his strength as a writer- complex, multifaceted exploration of character.
I never particularly liked the story of Cinderella as a child and as an adult some of the more troubling aspects of the tale became apparent. So it’s no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarityself- preservation and conformity.
Iris is a compelling and confwssions main character. Her relationships with her mother, sister, step- sister Clara Cinderellaand the painter’s apprentice, Casper, form the loci around which gfegory of these issues is explored. Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters.
This is not the sort of book you can passively absorb. I thought a lot about what various characters did and said and what I felt about that. The setting and writing was a lush and richly formed tapestry. If you enjoy literary writing, you will likely appreciate it, even if the metaphors are occasionally too heavy handed. However, one of the problems with the novel is that the characters are too difficult to love.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters. There are exceptions of course, but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter. The characters here felt too strange, too flawed to really admire.
In addition, the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric. The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included.
Despite this I would recommend it to people who enjoy more adult or literary retellingsespecially if they enjoyed Wicked. For me, it was a satisfying read. Sep 24, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: Modern fairy tale lovers I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff.
I still haven’t read “Wicked. But with so many people telling me how great this guy is, I decided to give it another shot.
This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered. Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the ho I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the housekeeper to an artist, then to a merchant of the city I believe it’s Amsterdam but not entirely sure.
Ruth, the oldest, is dumb and mute and taken care of by Iris, the younger, smarter sister, who shows artistic promise but is considered plain at best and will never be a beauty. The merchant’s daughter, Clara, befriends the two young girls amidst her fear of leaving her home and her belief that she is a changeling. When her mother dies during pregnancy and Iris’ and Ruth’s mother steps in as matron of the household, Clara is held as nothing more than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fortune.
Having no interest in the outside world, especially a ball thrown by the prince’s godmother, Clara makes the kitchen her domain, preferring to live with the ashes and do the housework than to travel into the regular world.
Told from the viewpoint of one of the sn this tale follows the Cinderella story in a completely different way. While the stepmother could still be considered “evil”, “Cinderella” and her stepsisters are actually gregoory true sisters Even during maguite hard times, the plain Iris must deal with the dumb Ruth and the neurotic Clara, yet she does with patience and care. The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with.
But once the story found it’s pace, I found it to stepsisyer a good read. Though I can’t say it’s one of my favorites, the ending touched me and I am curious to read more of this author’s work. View all 4 comments. Mar 05, Emilie rated it it was ok. Maguire’s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story. His writing is often a bit too labored, his symbolism too transparent, and his literary devices a bit clunky.
Like ‘Wicked’, ‘Confessions’ offers the reader a variation on a well-known story. Also like ‘Wicked’, ‘Confessions’ is ugl really all that much to write home about. A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just fa Maguire’s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story.
A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just falls flat in the end. The epilogue reads like something that has been tacked on in order to make up for loose ends, and ultimately transforms a story that seems like it confession trying to vregory away from the formulaic fairy tale mold into a “happily-ever-after”, problems-solved-in-the-last-five-minutes kind of thing.
I wouldn’t exactly call it stepsiter. View all 6 comments. Nov 04, Bfalla rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I am an idiot. I did it to myself again. After all, how I am an idiot.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
After all, how can he screw up a story about Cinderella? He needs an author’s Garmin. View all 7 comments. Jan 17, Jami rated it it was ok. This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing.